Carrot Cake

Oddly enough, I’ve never made carrot cake before. I’ve made hummingbird cake, which is similar, but never this extremely classic cake. It was simple enough to make, and turned out quite well. Unfortunately, it was yet another example that getting a perfectly smooth coating of icing is still beyond my reach (for now). The only…

Raspberry Chocolate Mini-Cakes

The Cake Merchant is an excellent blog, that I super recommend, if only so you can all be hungry with me. They have a lot of cakes, among other things, and I was feeling a bit hoppy, so I decided to try and mimic their mini strawberry cakes. First off, I decided to make them raspberry instead, because…

Raspberry Lemon Cake

So. I have a problem with adapting cakes from things that aren’t cakes. There’s not much to say about this one, aside from it being lemon, and delicious. For the filling, I used raspberry jam (seedless), and topped it with a layer of crunched-up chocolate. If I do a third cake like this, I feel…

Blackberry Cake

I’m pretty proud of this, just to be, completely honest. So, I came across the Trio brand of Haagen-Dazs ice cream – vanilla blackberry chocolate, to be precise. I devoured it unashamedly in one sitting, with no (few) regrets. Of course, because apparently my jam, my brand, my weird little niche, is to take something that is in…

Umbrella Cheesecake

This time I used the recipe from the Better Homes cookbook, and I suspect not using lime juice resulted in the cheesecake being much fluffier, like I’m used to. Of course, the experiment this week was more for decoration than flavor. My intent was to replicate the look of the Umbrella Corporation logo from the Resident…

Cherry Cordial Cupcakes

So, I have a rather long list of things I want to try baking, and as such, I finally decided to simply let my friends online figure out what I should try each week (it has yet to dissolve into madness – yet). This week’s winner was the idea of a cherry cordial cupcake, which…

Key Lime Cheesecake

After Christmas I went out to spend some gift cards, and ended up grabbing a large spring-form pan (I have a set of smaller ones, but I’d been aching for a regular one for some time).  Of course, the first thing I wanted to bake was cheesecake, but after finding out how well whipped cream…

Scarlet O’Hara Cake

For Thanksgiving this year, I volunteered my skills for the dessert portion of the meal, and made a cranberry cake, with Southern Comfort buttercream icing. It was based off her favorite drink, and my first mistake was assuming I could get away with making it a couple days early, and finishing it the day of.   It…

Chocolate and Orange Curd Birthday Cake

This year for my wife’s birthday, she asked for a simple, white cake, with chocolate icing, and orange curd filling. The icing was applied a bit thinner than I was used to (though that was simply a difference in tastes between my wife and I), but overall, I liked how it turned out. I will…

Blackberry Cake with Lemon Buttercream

So, I know it’s corny, but the reason I made this was because  – I kid you not – it came to me in a dream. Which, as far as dreams go, hanging out with a buddy in a bakery, and just remembering there was a blackberry cake with lemon buttercream isn’t that bad.  …